Amidst the growing dispute between the government and Twitter, a parliamentary committee has pulled up Twitter India. In front of the parliamentary committee, when the officials of Twitter India said that Twitter follows its own policies, the committee said that the country’s law is paramount, not its policy. According to sources, the members of the Parliamentary Committee on IT (Information Technology) asked Twitter why he should not be fined since he violated the laws of the country.
Officials of Twitter India appeared before the Parliamentary Committee
Earlier this month, the Center had given one more chance to comply with the new IT rules. The Center said that if it did not follow the new rules, then it would have to lose its protection under Section 79 of the IT Act. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on IT which interrogated the officials of Twitter India. He had summoned the officials of Twitter India last week on the issue related to the misuse of this social media platform and the protection of civil rights. Shagufta Kamran, Public Policy Manager, Twitter India, and Ayushi Kapoor, Legal Advisor, appeared before the panel.
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Strong questioning of Twitter India officials
Sources said that the members of the Parliamentary Committee asked some tough and deep questions to the officials of Twitter India. But Twitter India officials did not have any clear answers to them. Twitter India officials said that its policy is the same as the law of the country, then the members of the parliamentary committee clearly said that the law of the country is paramount, not your policy. For the last few months, there has been a dispute between Twitter and the central government. With the escalation of controversies in the past, Twitter India had removed the blue ticks of many of its senior functionaries including first Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and then RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat.
Earlier, Delhi Police had sent a notice to Twitter asking how it called the tweet questioning the tool kit of the Congress as ‘manipulated media’. The police had reportedly questioned Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari on May 31. Earlier, it had investigated Twitter India’s Delhi and Gurgaon offices on the toolkit issue.